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By E. T. Seton

1. Walk in, one behind the other, raising knee high at each step, holding corn in both palms, at face level. Continue round the fire until equal distances apart. 

2. Put corn into right palm, raise left hand, palm forward, and sing Omaha Call.

3. Down on right knee (4 counts), dig hole with right forefinger (3 counts), put grain of corn into hole (1 count). Cover with 2 movements, and pat (4 counts), rise (4 counts). 

4. Side step to left, shading eyes with hands, till each is in position at opposite side of circle from starting point (8 counts). 

5. Four steps in toward fire (4 counts). 

6. Spread hands over fire (4 counts), rub it into body (4 counts), spread hands over fire (4 counts), rub it in (4 counts). 

7. Back out in 4 steps (4 counts). 

8. Rain song, with rain sign. 

Rain Song

Transcribed and harmonized 
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[By permission from "Indian Story and Song," 
by Alice C. Fletcher.]

 9. Hop step, making shimmer sign, 1 1/2 times round the ring, bringing each back to original position.

10. Kneel (4 counts), left hand on left knee, put back of right hand on the ground with fingers closed except index, which points up, raise it in 4 jerks to 4 counts, to make the corn grow knee-high. Do this to first 4 measures of Song of the Peace Pact. Wave hands for next 4 measures. Stand to last 4 measures.

11. Same as 5.

12. Same as 6.

13. Same as 7.

14. Same as 8.

15. Same as 9, going once round fire.

16. Kneel (4 counts), left hand extended a little to lower left side, make corn grow to waist level. Song of Peace Pact as before.

17. Repeat 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

18. Bend body a little forward at waist (4 counts), make corn grow to head level (4 counts), Song of Peace Pact as before.

19. Repeat 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

20. The hands high, waving corn, sway forward, backward, left and right, forward, backward, left and right, giving 2 counts to each, uttering Wind Murmur.

21. Four sidesteps to left, turn to left, war whoop with right hand, holding left as if warding off enemy. Do this 4 times.

22. With head bent downward on folded arms in sign of Night, glide off after leader.

The Birch Bark Roll






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